I can’t believe it! Pinch me!! It feels like forever and like he was never gone all in the same breath. It’s been 3 whole days with him home and I’m telling you…It’s like he was never gone. Truly the craziest feeling ever. It’s like those 5 months weren’t 5 months long. I suppose all I can say is we are blessed. Our bond did not waver. Our connection is just as strong. The transition hasn’t been a transition.
When he walked out of the doors of the international terminal on Tuesday night at just after 10pm I was right in the middle of running around with Barrett while holding Wynn. I turned around and saw him and definitely felt shock shutter through my body. But then I yelled out his name and called over to Barrett. The meld of the familiar and the unfamiliar surged inside of me and tears came as he reached me and pulled Wynn and I in for a hug. He knelt down to say hello to Barrett and I even saw the wave of shock flutter through our 3 year old. His face looked as if he could have found the words he’d have said, “Daddy? Is that you?” And in an instant he lit up and laughed and said, “Daddy, Daddy it’s you! You’re home!” It has been taking Wynn a little longer to adjust to the unfamiliar face, but he must sense familiarity somehow. His new favorite nap spot is right on JD’s chest.
It’s been 3 days and so many more to come. We are doing all the things we always did but now we get to do them together! I get to wake up next to my best friend. Our boys get to play with their dad. Such a relief and calmness in our home. Just last night it was the most beautiful sight to see JD swaying with Wynn in his arms, singing him to sleep. He is such a great dad! I am a blessed woman and I couldn’t be happier to have our family together. This week the little things are humongous!!
6/27/2017 03:53:40 pm
How wonderful and yes - you and your family are very, very blessed. JD is a wonderful man and a great husband and father. Please know how happy our entire family is that he is back with his family and hopefully will not have to leave again in the future. I think he has given more than his share to our country. Thank you, JD - and we all love you and Welcome you back. xoxoxoxo
7/26/2017 01:18:04 pm
It brought tears into my eyes. I ma happy you are all together.
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I am a Christ follower, a wife, a mother of 3 boys and was an active duty member of the United States Air Force for 8 1/2 year. I medially retired in December 2018 from the Air Force and I know work as a Fitness and yoga instructor, I run the customer service experience for a local swim school and I am a Doula. I am also working on my Master's in social work.